Sherry Matthews Editor
December 22, 2013
A half-pound of cocaine and over $10,000 in cash were seized by Sampson Criminal Interdiction officers Friday afternoon, after both a vehicle chase and a foot pursuit ended in the arrest of a Roseboro man on a string of felony offenses.
Robert D. Williams, 28, of 309 Park Drive, Roseboro, was taken into custody around 2 p.m. and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, trafficking in cocaine by possession, trafficking cocaine by transport, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for the sale of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resit, obstruct and delay of an officer, flee to elude arrest, driving while license revoked and the outstanding probation warrant.
The incident began when CID officers patrolling in Roseboro spotted a person they knew had outstanding probation warrants against him drive by them on N.C. 24 near N.C 242.
According to Cpl. Marcus Smith, when officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the man failed to yield and led them on a short vehicle pursuit. Williams is alleged to have then stopped the vehicle in the area of Jackson Street and fled on foot, with officers in pursuit.
“After a short foot chase,” Smith said, “officers with the Criminal Interdiction Unit apprehended the suspect.”
Located on Williams after he was stopped by officers was a concealed firearm, a half pound of powdered cocaine, some drug paraphernalia and in excess of $10,000 in cash.
Late Friday afternoon officers were continuing to process Williams and no bond had been set.
Sampson Sheriff Jimmy Thornton praised the efforts of his officers, noting that this was yet another example of why proactive law enforcement is so important in ridding the county of what he called “drug thugs.”